Sawtooth Association

Baron Lakes

Know before you go!

ACCESS: The Redfish Trailhead is very popular and serves many trails. Do not park in no parking zones. Please do not park off the side of the road in the sagebrush or other vegetation, it destroys the delicate alpine habitat.


Please don’t cut switchbacks! It causes erosion, destroys vegetation, and ruins the trail. This trail has many switchbacks, please use them!


Most of our trailheads do not have trash facilities. Please be prepared to pack out all of your trash from the trail and trailhead.


Fires are allowed ONLY on a fire pan or fire blanket. If you see a rock fire ring on the ground it is illegal, please don't use it. Bring a camp stove to cook instead of having a fire. Check fire restrictions before you head out.


Bury human waste 6-8 inches deep. All toilet paper and wipes must be packed out. The nearest restroom is by Redfish Lake and Redfish Lodge. There is also a restroom at the Inlet Trailhead.


Store your food in a bear hang or bear proof container. A fed bear IS a dead bear. Help keep our wildlife wild.


This trail enters wilderness. You need a free wilderness permit which can be picked up at the trailhead. Make sure you are aware of all the wilderness regulations.


Trailhead: Redfish Trailhead/Inlet Trailhead

Round trip: 16.6 miles

Elevation gain: 2700 ft


The hike to Baron Lakes begins at the Redfish Inlet Trailhead. You must either take the boat shuttle to Inlet Trailhead or hike the 5 miles and 1000ft of elevation from Redfish Trailhead. 

The trail follows Redfish Creek up the Redfish Canyon. At Flat Rock Junction it begins to climb the side of the canyon up to Alpine Lake. Enjoy beautiful views up and down Redfish Canyon on the first several sets of switchbacks. Pass by Alpine Lake, some smaller alpine lakes above, and continue climbing to the divide. Once you crest the divide you will be able to look down on the Baron Lakes. Hike down the switchbacks to the lakes.

Columbine with baron lakes and baron spire in the background.